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Co-curricular Program

Co-curricular activities play an important role in the daily life at Pickering College. Students are encouraged to explore personal interests through a wide range of activities. Through their participation in co-curricular activities, students learn to work as a team, gain understanding and respect for other people's needs and most of all, to give freely of their time, effort and energy. Along the way, they develop self-confidence, discover new talents and create lasting friendships.



Daily Sports and Recreation

In addition to Physical Education and Health courses, all students are required to participate in our daily sports and activities programs. Our school provides active physical education and after-school programs, including both competitive and recreational sports. Team sports, important in learning fair play and co­operation skills, begin in the early grades and continue on through the senior years, where we have a thriving intramural sports program.

Pickering College offers an extensive range of athletic facilities across its 42 acre campus, including: baseball diamonds, two gymnasiums, an indoor ice arena, a surfaced running track, 4 playing fields and a fitness centre. We also partner with Newmarket for swimming pool facilities.

Expert Training and Competitive Opportunities

Our successful athletics program features a wide range of competitive sports, including hockey, basketball and soccer, to name a few.

Expert coaching is also available in other sports, such as figure skating. At our indoor ice arena, the Skate Canada-sanctioned Hilltop Skating Club helps students of all ages earn badges in the national training program and compete at all levels.

Our Equestrian Club is another popular sport, allowing students to learn horsemanship and compete regularly.

Focused on Excellence

Our athletics program is designed to balance academic studies with healthy physical activity. The results of participation in our programs are apparent in students’ increased confidence, improved health and energy levels. The athletics program also presents many leadership opportunities, not only within the various teams, but also through our Athletic Council, which helps maintain school spirit and organizes events. Throughout the year, all competitive athletes are honoured at special events and given recognition with special awards.

Among the junior and senior competitive and recreational sports offered are: bad­minton, basketball, cross-country running, hockey, mountain biking, rugby, skiing, snow­boarding, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

The Arts

The Arts

Pickering College has a vibrant, varied and exciting arts program featuring expert instructors and arts professionals. Some of our most popular offerings include:


Budding actors enjoy hands-on involvement in producing and performing several plays within the school and in drama festivals. Courses explore many dramatic techniques, ranging from pantomime to improvisation.


Pickering College is building an international reputation for outstanding film productions. Senior students, through our Communications Technology course, learn fundamentals of moviemaking, including script development, camera and sound recording techniques, and editing. Students have won coveted awards in international competitions, such as the Bridge Film Festival, and Toronto Student Film Festival.

102.7 CHOP FM Pickering College's Radio Station

102.7 CHOP FM is a CRTC-licensed, student-operated radio station serving Pickering College and the wider Newmarket community. Broadcasting from New House on the Pickering College campus, this fully functioning radio station provides a range of community-based programming including a live morning show, sports updates, and feature programs -- all produced by Pickering students.

Instrumental Music and Bands

Students can explore their love for music and instrumental talents through a variety of ensembles, including concert, jazz, guitar and percussion groups. Our ensembles enjoy individual and group instruction while performing at school events as well as local and international venues.

The Joshua Weinzweig Creative Writing Program

Thanks to the vision and generous support of Daniel Weinzweig, young creative writers at Pickering College have produced a history of success. Recently, dozens of writers from the Senior School captured first place in a Canada-wide, high-school, literary competition and many individuals have published their work in newspapers, magazines and anthologies or won short story, poetry or essay writing contests. The nationally-recognized Joshua Weinzweig Creative Writing Program provides young writers with systemic opportunity to develop their craft, resource and program support, and effective mentoring and recognition for their efforts. Each year, student work is published in the PC Review of Writing.

Visual Arts

The artist in every student has an opportunity to blossom in our Visual Arts program, which balances theory with instruction in various techniques, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and computer animation. Along with studio activities and opportunities to exhibit their work, students also learn art history and visit prominent galleries, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Vocal Music and Musical Theatre

There are a number of performance and recording opportunities for students who wish to expand their repertoire to include a variety of styles. Vocal technique, acting and theory are the main focus of the program.

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